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jthomas25
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jthomas25
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Since Berkman was shifted to 1B, wouldn't the Pujols "fill in" be mostly attributed to Jay?

Aug 04, 2011 12:06 PM on Paging Pujols
 
jthomas25
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Can't say that I paid A nickel to listen to Scully. Though I paid many nickels to listen to Vin Scully. I used to pay for the MLB.com radio feed just so I could listen to the Dodger's broadcasts. Money well spent! It's a shame that Vin's days behind the microphone are quickly becoming numbered. Sorry Charlie (Steiner), I won't be paying to listen to your broadcasts when the great Vin is gone.

 
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Because there are platoon splits, batter perception obviously matters. It's not just the time it takes for the ball to reach the plate. The physics are complicated, so it will be interesting to see if all this can be broken down and calculated to be useful. However, part of me likes the simple mantra, "see the ball, hit the ball."

 
jthomas25
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There are no guarantees. Since he's making the news for the wrong reasons, wasn't Ryan Leaf considered the better prospect going into his draft over Peyton Manning? If I recall, San Diego gave up a lot of picks to move up one spot to guarantee themselves the rights to negotiate for his services. And then in those negotiations gave him a lot of money (I vaguely recall something about the largest signing bonus ever given to a rookie at the time). The problem isn't the money, the problem is Bud Selig can't market his game. Rather then dwell on the enormous talent of Strasburg, he'd rather comment on how the sky is falling because he'll get so much money.

Jun 13, 2009 10:38 AM on 2001 in review
 
jthomas25
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If he had pitched 270 innings this year that would be criminal. What's a college baseball season, about 50 games? 270 innings would be over half the innings for the entire season.

Jun 02, 2009 2:19 PM on (Semi-) Open Books
 
jthomas25
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I'd say just a hitter, definitely not a "professional hitter". When was the last time you heard a guy called a "professional hitter" and saw a batting line that didn't make you wonder why he was taking up a roster space? Isn't professional hitter the euphamism for "he used to be a good ballplayer." Matt Stairs is still a good ball player.

Jun 02, 2009 10:38 AM on Gate Receipts
 
jthomas25
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I missed this play while flipping between hockey and the Phillies so I'm not sure how close it was. However, isn't Hanley exhibit A why some players shouldn't be "hustling" on every play? What's more costly in the long run, an occasional safe call on a routine grounder in the middle of the season or missing your best player entirely for a few games. Players should play hard and try, that is at least running to first base upon making some kind of contact, but "hustle" (running like it's Game 7 of the World Series on every play) can be so overrated.

May 27, 2009 11:23 AM on Stacking Up
 
jthomas25
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Joe, maybe they should have just postponed the whole post-season until next year to see if the Yankees could qualify. Then again, a rain out would be beneficial to the Phillies since they could trot out Hamels on Monday in Game 4 rather than Game 5.

Oct 25, 2008 1:23 PM on On the Road Again
 
jthomas25
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You\'re missing something, but it doesn\'t affect your count. Ford took over the Presidency, but unlike Johnson, he never won an election. 13-12 it is. I think I see where the mistake has come in. We have had two Roosevelt\'s as President. Teddy was a Republican and Franklin was a Democrat. If you take FDR\'s four election wins and attribute them to Teddy\'s Republicaness you come out with the suspect party count of 17-8. Classifying FDR a Republican? I think Buckner made a better play on that ground ball. 1908 R Taft 1912 D Wilson 1916 D Wilson 1920 R Harding 1924 R Coolidge 1928 R Hoover 1932 D Roosevelt 1936 D Roosevelt 1940 D Roosevelt 1944 D Roosevelt 1948 D Truman 1952 R Eisehower 1956 R Eisehower 1960 D Kennedy 1964 D Johnson 1968 R Nixon 1972 R Nixon 1976 D Carter 1980 R Regan 1984 R Regan 1988 R Bush 1992 D Clinton 1996 D Clinton 2000 R Bush 2004 R Bush

Oct 22, 2008 8:40 AM on June 12-13, 2001
 
jthomas25
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While not technically domes, don\'t the World Series played in Arizona and Houston count as \"indoors\"?

Oct 22, 2008 8:18 AM on June 12-13, 2001
 
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That\'s why I\'m rooting for the Dodgers. If the Dodgers make it, we\'ll once again be blessed with the opportunity to listen to Vin Scully broadcast the World Series. I suppose the same bright bulb that put McCarver in the booth is related to the bright bulb that stopped hiring Scully to do World Series radio broadcasts so many years ago.

Oct 12, 2008 7:48 PM on May 28-June 3
 
jthomas25
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My Joe, we\'re a little cranky this morning. Did Will hoard all the coffee for himself this week and not share? I agree the save category is a little ubsurd, especially when you consider that a middle reliever who loses the lead doesn\'t get credit with a blown hold but rather a blown save. I digress. In your very large sample size of 11 pitchers, Rodriguez comes out near the end and you trumpet this fact. Why is it that anytime you want to tear someone down in baseball and he happens to be the first out of a very large sample of 10 he is just a product of small sample size? The saves record is going to fall. Live with it. It\'s nice when the best player holds the record, but we all know the \"greatest\" player doesn\'t always hold the top spot in the history books. See Thigpen, Bobby (for now) and Rose, Pete. At the end of the day, opportunities aside, he still had to go out and close 58 games.

Sep 12, 2008 8:23 AM on Closing In